Bring on the toasty drinks! 10 best BPA-free reusable bottles for hot beverages

by 02/28/15   filed under: green family

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Study finds that hand-washing dishes could result in children developing fewer allergies

by 02/27/15   filed under: health & body, kids health, news, parenting

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A new study has found that washing your dishes the old-fashioned way — by hand — could decrease the likelihood of children developing allergies. A team of Swedish researchers discovered that children from homes that only hand-wash dishes are approximately 40% less likely to develop allergies compared with kids from homes that regularly use a dishwasher. The researchers found that the trace amount of bacteria remaining on hand-washed dishes, as opposed to the stark cleanse of a dishwasher, is actually beneficial to kids, at least in the allergy department.

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SoftBaby's organic clothing features a variety of lively prints for hip babies

by 02/27/15   filed under: eco baby clothing, green baby, green baby gifts, kids clothing

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SoftBaby has won over the Tinseltown set (fans include Drew Barrymore, Jennifer Garner, and Hayden Panettiere), and it’s easy to see why. The brand features organic cotton onesies, blankets, rompers, tees, and pants, as well as some of the cutest bloomers we’ve seen.

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James Cameron & wife are at the helm of the first vegan grade school in the United States

by 02/27/15   filed under: education, food, green education, green kids, health & body, kids health, news, vegetarian

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Oscar-winning directors probably aren’t the first people you think of when you hear about a vegan grade school, but James Cameron is good at surprising people. The director of Titanic and Avatar is intimately connected with a remarkable private grade school in southern California, and that school is making history as the first vegan school in the United States. MUSE School CA was founded by Cameron’s wife, Suzy Amis Cameron, and it will launch a fully vegan menu in the fall of 2015. We first reported on the development of MUSE School back in June of 2014, and we’re thrilled to see their plans of offering students a vegan menu five days a week are on track.

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Apples top EWG's 2015 Dirty Dozen list for the 5th year in a row

by 02/26/15   filed under: green family, health & body, news

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And the winner is… apples! For the fifth year in a row, this perennial fruit favorite is unfortunately topping the Environmental Working Group’s “Dirty Dozen” list. Rounding out the top 12 most contaminated types of fruits and veggies in the group’s 2015 Shopper’s Guide to to Pesticides in Produce are peaches, nectarines, strawberries, grapes, celery, spinach, sweet bell peppers, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, imported snap peas, and potatoes. The EWG also included their “Clean Fifteen list” of the least pesticide-contaminated produce, which this year included sweet corn, pineapples, cabbage, frozen sweet peas, onions, asparagus, mangoes, papayas, kiwi, eggplant, grapefruit, cantaloupe, and cauliflower. Despite rising awareness about the dangers of pesticides and a growing consumer desire for pesticide-free produce, nearly 2/3 of the produce samples tested by the USDA contained pesticides. When shopping for the produce on the Dirty Dozen list especially, seek out organic varieties as the healthiest option for your family.

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Feeding peanut products to infants may actually reduce their risk of developing a peanut allergy

by 02/26/15   filed under: eco toddler, green family, health & body, kids health, news

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If you pay attention to medical and health recommendations long enough, it’s pretty common to see one idea supported, then reviled, and then back to being in favor again. Theories about peanuts and their place in young children’s diets are the latest to feel this back-and-forth phenomenon. From 1998-2007 (i.e. when many of our children were born) in countries such as the United States and the United Kingdom, many physicians and medical guidelines recommended excluding peanuts from the diets of infants (as well as from the diets of pregnant or breastfeeding moms). In 2008, those recommendations were withdrawn and a new study suggests that introducing peanuts early in a child’s life may actually reduce his or her risk of developing a peanut allergy.

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Stem cell breakthrough may enable two dads to have a baby

by 02/26/15   filed under: news, parenting

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Creating a baby from human sperm and eggs using stem cells engineered in a petri dish from adult skin sounds like the makings of a science fiction novel, but it may be as close as two years away from actually happening. Late last year Azim Surani and his researchers in England and Israel determined that they could use human skin cells (from either gender) to create stem cells — something that they had been able to previously accomplish with mice. Now the same team claims that these primordial germ cells, made from the skin cells of ten different donors, can be made into human egg and sperm cells; down the road this could eventually result in the conception of a healthy baby using genetic material from same sex donors as well as from opposite sex donors. Same-sex groups have expressed an early interest in these developments, which one day may also be an effective way for patients who are infertile to become parents using their own genetic material. The breakthrough may also help doctors treat other illnesses, especially age-related ones, since the chromosome that the scientists discovered to be crucial in “reprogramming” cells to change from skin cells to primordial germ cells can also reset cells to be free of some of the genetic mutations that occur as we age as a result of environmental toxins or certain lifestyle choices like smoking. Let the ethics debates begin!

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6 home remedies for your child's sinus infection

by 02/25/15   filed under: green baby, green family, green kids, health & body, kids health

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HOW TO: Make delicious vegan Mexican hot chocolate

HOW TO: Make delicious vegan Mexican hot chocolate

1. Gather the ingredients 2 cups of almond milk 1.7 ounces of dark chocolate (or to taste) 1 tsp cayenne pepper 1 chili pepper 2. Heat up the milk Heat the almond milk (here is how…

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Girl asks DC Comics for more female superheroes, and she becomes a superhero comic herself

Girl asks DC Comics for more female superheroes, and she becomes a superhero comic herself

TweetEmail Kids: you’re never too young to make a difference, or to become a comic superhero. When a superhero-loving 11 year-old girl recently wrote to a comics…

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Silispoons are textured silicone spoons designed to make independent feeding easier

Silispoons are textured silicone spoons designed to make independent feeding easier

Some tots show interest in independent eating from an early age: they balk when parents try to feed them even the messiest of foods, grab at their parents’ utensils, and love…

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Kids can design their work space with The Cardboard Guys' cardboard desk and chair

Kids can design their work space with The Cardboard Guys' cardboard desk and chair

The Cardboard Guys’ new Kids’ Imagination Furniture lets little ones construct and design their very own desk set. Made from sustainable folded cardboard, the furniture inspires…

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5 things parents can do to start getting more sleep today

5 things parents can do to start getting more sleep today

Obviously, there are a lot of factors related to how much sleep a set of new parents can manage. If you’re a parent, you get it. Notwithstanding the tumultuous sleep cycles of an…

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Newly discovered Dr. Seuss book will hit shelves in July!

Newly discovered Dr. Seuss book will hit shelves in July!

TweetEmail The title of his new book may be What Pet Should I Get?, but fans of Dr. Seuss will know exactly what book to get this July. This never-before-published book was…

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Children in Sierra Leone are learning via educational radio due to Ebola outbreak

Children in Sierra Leone are learning via educational radio due to Ebola outbreak

TweetEmail Imagine if school was out for more than six months. It’s a scenario that school-aged children in Sierra Leone have been facing as a result of school closures…

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USDA approves first genetically modified, non-browning apple

USDA approves first genetically modified, non-browning apple

TweetEmail In 2017, be on the lookout for apples with a special snowflake sticker on their skin: this small symbol indicates that your grocery store is carrying the first…

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HOW TO: Make your own natural, effective gripe water using just three ingredients

HOW TO: Make your own natural, effective gripe water using just three ingredients

1. Gather your ingredients. 1 Tbsp Fennel seeds 2 teabags of Lemon ginger or pure ginger tea (or ½ inch piece fresh gingerroot, sliced) 1 teabag of Chamomile tea 4oz (½ cup)…

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Hipster ABC Matching Tiles make learning the alphabet super cool

Hipster ABC Matching Tiles make learning the alphabet super cool

If there’s a battle cry for modern children, it might be something akin to “Put a mustache on it!” That’s basically what Tree Hopper Toys has done with this outrageously…

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